College Men

Valparaiso selects men's, women's golf coaches

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Valparaiso University has announced the hiring of new head coaches for the men’s and women’s golf teams. David Gring will lead the men while Mat Blair takes the reins of the women’s program.

“We are excited to be welcoming two golf coaches to the Valpo Athletics family,” Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera said.  “As we reviewed the progress each team had made and reaffirmed our commitment to competing for Horizon League championships, it was clear this was the appropriate time to provide each program with its own leadership.”

Gring was a member of the Valparaiso golf team from 1985-88, garnering Most Valuable Player awards twice during that time. He was an All-Heartland Conference selection in 1985.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my university experience and playing on the golf team when I was in school,” Gring said.  “It is special to come back and be a part of the program and the university as the men’s head coach.  The level of excitement the players bring to the team as well as the talent level of the players is really exciting.”

Blair has been the teaching professional at Briar Leaf Golf Club in LaPorte, Ind., for the past three years. Recent students include the 2001 and 2006 Indiana High School state champions.

Blair was a junior college All-American at Anderson College in South Carolina, where he played for Jay Seawell, now the head coach at Alabama. Blair played for three years at Ball State. He played on the Hooters Tour for three years and qualified for the Virginia Beach Open on the Nationwide Tour in 2005.

“I am excited to be a part of the Valparaiso University golf program,” he said. “I am excited about the challenge and look to continue making strides quickly with the new program. I am really looking forward to working with the girls.”

–Information from Valparaiso University Athletics was used in this report.